Hot hot weather!

The weather has turned incredibly hot, very unusual for the time of year.
Granted we get this thing called “Indian Summer” but with temperatures close to 100 Fahrenheit?
So into the archives I went for this easy, cooling soup.

Because I do not want peels in the soup I used a simple chefs trick to remove the peels.
You’ll need:
Pan deep enough to cover tomatoes with water
paring knife

Boil the water
Using your paring knife score the top of the tomato cross wise


Immerse into hot water, reduce the heat!
Peel will come off after about 5 minutes
Take tomatoes out of the water and once they are cooler gently peel the skin off.

For the Gazpacho
4 tomatoes, I prefer vine ripened for taste
1 shallot
garlic, 2-3 cloves
2 tbs olive oil
2-4 Basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste.
water
Prepare tomatoes
saute shallot with garlic in olive oil until soft
in a food processor mix all ingredients together but do not overmix.
Keep one basil leaf on the side, cut it fine
At this point you can decide how thick you want the soup by slowly adding water to the mixture.
Cover and chill, when you are ready to serve it taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
Garnish with basil.

Baba Ghanoush, super easy.

In my organic farm delivery last week I got an eggplant.
My boys don’t like eggplant unless it’s made into this lovely dish.
It’s vegetarian and the Tahini gives it a tiny bit of punch.
You can buy Tahini at most Middle Eastern stores.

1 Eggplant
¼ Cup lemon juice
¼ Cup Tahini
2 Tbs sesame seeds
2 Cloves minced garlic
1 ½ Tbs olive oil
salt and pepper

Make a dozen holes in the skin of the eggplant with fork. Place eggplant on cookie sheet in oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes, turning occasionally.
The eggplant should be completely mushy on the inside and the skin may look black. (this can be done on a grill.)
Dunk eggplant in cold water and peel off skin.
Blend eggplant, lemon juice,tahini, sesame seeds, and garlic together using either an electric mixer or immersion blender. Stir in olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

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